Yes, you read that right Gaming Addiction to be recognised as a mental health condition, Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition “gaming disorder”.
The Draft Documents by ICD describes it as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour that it takes precedence over other life interests.
The UK already have some private addiction clinics running that treat the condition already, but many other countries already recognise it as a major public health issue.
The new ICD guide is due to be published in 2018 and it will suggest that evidence must be collected over a 12month period of any abnormal gaming behaviours for any for a diagnosis to be assigned, though if was also mentioned that if symptoms where severe the period for evidence collected might be shortened.
- impaired control over gaming (frequency, intensity, duration)
- increased priority given to gaming
- continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences
Dr Richard Graham, lead technology addiction specialist at the Nightingale Hospital in London, welcomed the decision to recognise the condition.
“It is significant because it creates the opportunity for more specialised services. It puts it on the map as something to take seriously.”
But he added that he would have sympathy for those who do not think the condition should be medicalised.
“It could lead to confused parents whose children are just enthusiastic gamers.”
He said he sees about 50 new cases of digital addiction each year and his criteria is based on whether the activity is affecting basic things such as sleep, eating, socialising and education.
He said one question he asked himself was: “Is the addiction taking up neurological real-estate, dominating thinking and preoccupation?”
Maybe some of our staff had this when glued to games like World of Warcraft, Candy Crush and many other addicting games out there? but it seems we all just quit and moved on to other things in life, who knows, its gaming an addiction? or just a way to get away from a world that can sometimes be rather harsh and unforgiving.